Announced The current Big East Conference will be become the American Athletic Conference starting next season. The conference released the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.
Declared Pac-12 Player of the Year and leading scorer Allen Crabbe will forego his senior season at California and enter this summer’s NBA draft. Crabbe, the conference freshman of the year in 2011, ranks 10th on the school’s career scoring list with 1,537 points in 98 games.
Suspended The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of next season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season. He led Arizona in 2012 with 140 tackles.
Agreed The agent for unrestricted free agent Domenik Hixon says his client has agreed to a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Hixon recorded 39 receptions for 567 yards receiving and two touchdowns last season with the Giants.
• Rex Grossman has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins. He is projected to be the third-stringer behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
Elected Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes has been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with Joe-Max Moore, another former forward on the American national team.
Returned Los Angeles D-Fenders coach Reggie Theus is back in college basketball as coach of the men’s team at Cal State Northridge. Theus signed a multi-year contract that takes effect April 15. He has been coaching in the NBA’s D-League since October 2011.
• Oscar Pistorius’ agent says the double-amputee athlete has indicated to his management team he wants to return to training. The Olympian is charged with murder for the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Selected Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac’s Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc have been selected as finalists for the Hobey Baker award, college hockey’s top individual honor.